Vermont law already prohibits juvenile life without parole

Kristen Gonzales
August 1, 2017

But that was unconstitutional under a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for homicide offenders younger than 18.

Both Shalom and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, a Washington, D.C. -based advocacy group, said there are no inmates serving life without parole in New Jersey for crimes they committed as juveniles.

In recent years, the age of juvenile court jurisdiction for most crimes has been raised to those 17 and younger. It would require that offenders sentenced as juveniles be automatically considered for parole during their 25th year in prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court has been clear and consistent: In successive decisions over more than a decade, the justices said the harshest punishments levied against adult criminal offenders are unconstitutionally cruel and unusual when imposed on juveniles. He won't be eligible to seek parole until he serves 90 years, which his attorneys say amounts to a life sentence.

Three of the 38 have been resentenced to terms ranging from 30 to 40 years. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is pending. Carr, now 50, received three life terms without possibility of parole for half a century.

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However, corrections officials say there are no known inmates facing life terms without parole for juvenile offenses.

For now, petitions for resentencing hearings are handled differently from county to county and even between judges in the same courthouse.

Since the rulings, OR has resentenced one man who had been given life without parole for a killing committed as a youth. His resentencing was carried out before the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on the Ali case.

A city law does allow people who committed crimes as juveniles and who have served at least 20 years in prison an opportunity to have their sentences reviewed.

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